Cladistia

plural noun
Cla·​dis·​tia | \ kləˈdistēə \

Definition of Cladistia

: an order of Teleostomi comprising primitive bony freshwater African fishes that have scales, head skeleton, and pectoral arch which resemble those of the extinct Archistia and that include the bichir and the reedfish — compare polypterus

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History and Etymology for Cladistia

New Latin, from clad- + -istia (from Greek histia, plural of histion web, cloth, sail, from histanai to make stand, stand)

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“Cladistia.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cladistia. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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